Lincoln Center presents Mostly Mozart Festival
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Ted Ackerman

Cello

Member Since:

1994

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Martin Agee

Violin

Member Since:

1988

Hometown:

New York, New York (born in Fort Collins, Colorado)

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

I joined New York Road Runners a few years ago and started running regularly. It has become a real passion of mine.

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Ruggero Allifranchini

Violin

Concertmaster

Member Since:

2012

Hometown:

Milan, Italy

First Memorable Musical Experience:

Performing in public on the drums at age six or seven with my father

Neil Balm

Trumpet

Principal

Member Since:

1984

Hometown:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

On My iPod:

I usually end up listening to a style that’s a polar opposite of what I happen to be playing that day. I have a wide variety of music on my iPod—some current rock, ‘70s and ‘80s rock, big band, Maynard Ferguson, and of course classical music.

Meena Bhasin

Viola

Member Since:

2011

Hometown:

Plainview, Long Island, but I feel like my hometown is New York City.

Favorite NYC Place:

The corner where Commerce Street and Barrow Street intersect in the West Village. It’s quaint and charming and reminds me of the cobblestone streets of Europe.

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Eva Burmeister

Violin

Member Since:

2007

Hometown:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Favorite NYC Place:

The Frick Collection

Robert Chausow

Violin

Member Since:

1982

Hometown:

Chicago, Illinois

Favorite Mozart Piece to Perform:

Symphony No. 29 in A major

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Timothy Cobb

Bass

Principal

Member Since:

1999

Hometown:

Nassau, New York, outside of Albany

Pre-concert Ritual:

I like walking quickly down Broadway with an iced coffee and enjoying the happy feeling of summer evenings in NYC!

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Lawrence DiBello

Horn

Principal

Member Since:

2006

Hometown:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Favorite Mozart Piece to Perform:

Symphony No. 40 in G minor

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Randall Ellis

Oboe

Principal

Member Since:

1987

Hometown:

Benson, North Carolina

On My iPod:

I’m sort of an old-school rock and roll guy: Sting, Alison Krauss, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, k.d. lang, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. And I love Bruno Mars! He does such neat, creative stuff.

First Memorable Musical Experience:

When I was a kid, I remember watching CBS News special reports and hearing Copland’s Appalachian Spring. I thought, “God! That music is so beautiful! How can I be a part of that?”

Katsuko Esaki

Violin

Member Since:

1986

Hometown:

Tokyo, Japan

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Aqua aerobics

Danielle Farina

Viola

Member Since:

2010

Ilya Finkelshteyn

Cello

Principal

Member Since:

2004

Hometown:

Cincinnati, Ohio (born in Saint Petersburg, Russia)

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Golf

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Laura Frautschi

Violin

Principal Second

Member Since:

2010

Hometown:

Pasadena, California

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Hanging out with my husband and kids—playing card and board games, reading books, getting out to the park

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Chihiro Fukuda

Viola

Member Since:

2010

Hometown:

New York, New York

Favorite Non-musical Activities:

Cooking for myself and my foodie friends, and hiking with my dog—my Border collie is an awesome hiking buddy.

Lilit Gampel

Violin

Member Since:

2004

Hometown:

New York, New York

Favorite NYC Place:

Poets House in Battery Park City

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Michael Gillette

Violin

Member Since:

1984

Hometown:

Schenectady, New York

Memorable Mostly Mozart Moment:

The summer of 1985 when our daughter was born. This is one of the happiest days of my life. I have always considered my daughter to be a Mostly Mozart baby.

Suzanne Gilman

Violin

Member Since:

2007

Hometown:

Simsbury, Connecticut

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Gardening

Marc Goldberg

Bassoon

Principal

Member Since:

2005

Hometown:

Ardsley, New York (born in Plainview, New York)

Favorite Mozart Piece to Perform:

There are too many to name, but the late piano concertos, the operas, and the wind serenades are all big favorites.

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Cooking for my family

Richard Hagen

Horn

Member Since:

1987

Hometown:

Clifton, New Jersey

Favorite Mozart Pieces to Perform:

Symphony No. 36 in C major ("Linz") and Symphony No. 40 in G minor

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Spending time with my family

Steven Hartman

Clarinet

Member Since:

2010

Hometown:

I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but my father was born in Brooklyn.

Pre-concert Ritual:

Does getting dressed count?

Favorite Mozart Piece to Perform:

Quintet for clarinet and strings in A major, K.581

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Shmuel Katz

Viola

Principal

Member Since:

2007

Hometown:

Ramat Gan, Israel

First Memorable Musical Experience:

Playing a master class for Josef Gingold at age 10. I played Mozart's "Adelaide" Concerto. Gingold gave every person who finished playing one piece of chocolate. I got three!

Amy Kauffman

Violin

Member Since:

2006

Hometown:

Topeka, Indiana

On My iPod:

A mix of lots of things, but right now I'm listening to Natalie Merchant, Iron and Wine, and early music played by my former teacher, Stanley Ritchie.

Sophia Kessinger

Violin

Member Since:

2006

Hometown:

Berkeley, California

First Memorable Musical Experience:

At age three, when I started learning the violin, I first had to learn to hold one correctly by using a "practice" violin, which was a Cream of Wheat box with a ruler taped to it. I was really excited when I finally got to graduate to a real violin!

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Ann Kim

Cello

Member Since:

2004

Hometown:

Princeton, New Jersey (born in Brooklyn, New York)

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Playing mini-golf, eating pizza, and watching movies with my nine-year-old son...not necessarily all at the same time

Lou Kosma

Bass

Member Since:

2011

Hometown:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

On My iPod:

Lady Gaga

Katherine Livolsi-Landau

Violin

Member Since:

2004

Hometown:

Queens, New York

Favorite Mozart Piece to Perform:

I have so many favorite Mozart pieces. But I would say in the symphonic repertoire it is the "Jupiter" Symphony. When we begin the opening of the first movement I am so thrilled because I have another opportunity to be in the middle of the music coming to life off the page. When we begin the last movement I feel exuberant just to be alive.

Jon Manasse

Clarinet

Principal

Member Since:

2004

Hometown:

New York, New York

Favorite NYC Place:

My home filled with family members

Nick Masterson

Oboe

Member Since:

2014

Hometown:

Ringgold, Georgia

First Memorable Musical Experience:

The Star Wars soundtrack absolutely blew my mind as a kid.

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Alvin McCall

Cello

Member Since:

1986

Hometown:

Newport News, Virginia

Favorite Non-musical Activities:

Since I have retired from playing softball (mostly), I watch baseball (let's go Mets!), Star Trek (TOS and DS-9), Star Wars, and a video of my No. 4 son's performance of The Nutcracker.

Ronald Oakland

Violin

Member Since:

1999

Hometown:

East Providence, Rhode Island

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Golf, golf, and golf!

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David Punto

Timpani

Principal

Member Since:

1993

Hometown:

Pequannock, New Jersey

Pre-concert Ritual:

Before each concert, I check the timpani heads and arrange my mallets.

First Memorable Musical Experience:

Seeing a performance of The Magic Flute as a child

Jack Rosenberg

Viola

Member Since:

1980

Hometown:

Brooklyn, New York

Favorite NYC Place:

Lower East Side

Favorite Mozart Piece to Perform:

Symphony No. 41 in C major ("Jupiter")

Michael Roth

Violin

Member Since:

2001

Tom Sefčovič

Bassoon

Member since:

2011

Hometown:

Rochester, Michigan

First Memorable Musical Experience:

Hearing Ravel's Alborada del gracioso performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Meadow Brook Music Festival with my parents. Listening to Charles Sirard, the DSO's principal bassoon, play the solo in that piece inspired me to play the bassoon.

Yoobin Son

Flute

Principal

Member Since:

2010

Hometown:

Seoul, Korea

Pre-concert Ritual:

I stretch and take Emergen-C.

Lee Soper

Trumpet

Member Since:

1988

Dorothy Strahl

Violin

Member Since:

1977

Hometown:

Fargo, North Dakota

Favorite NYC Place:

Zabar's

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Judith Sugarman

Bass

Member Since:

1981

Hometown:

I grew up in New Jersey (shh, don't tell anyone) but fled to NYC when I was 17. I've been a proud New Yorker ever since!

Favorite NYC Place:

My favorite place in New York is my apartment, because residing there is my adopted dog, who has made my apartment a true home.

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Tanya Dusevic Witek

Flute

Member Since:

2011

Hometown:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Pre-concert Ritual:

I like to arrive early and warm up in my car after I have found a parking spot. I also like to eat a banana before a concert!

Deborah Wong

Violin

Member Since:

1999

Hometown:

Currently Yonkers, New York

Memorable Mostly Mozart Moment:

During a reception in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall, our guest choir from Europe broke into spontaneous song…magical!

Mineko Yajima

Violin

Member Since:

2004

Hometown:

Kobe, Japan

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Gardening, gardening, and gardening